Mumbai, November 27: A day after resigning as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday was elected as the leader of opposition by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Maharashtra Assembly. On Tuesday, Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra CM almost 80 hours after his swearing-in for the second consecutive time. Amruta Fadnavis Leaves Emotional Message on Twitter After Husband Devendra Fadnavis Resigns as Maharashtra CM, Says 'Will Return Soon'.
Fadnavis's resignation came hours after the Supreme Court directed the BJP to prove majority in the Maharashtra Assembly through floor test. The BJP by winning 105 seats in the recently concluded assembly elections emerged as the single largest party. All the 288 MLAs took oath during the special assembly session on Wednesday.
Fadnavis’s resignation paved the way for Uddhav Thackeray to become the first CM from the Thackeray family. Thackeray was elected as the leader of the Maha Vikas Agadi – the alliance of Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday at 6:40 pm at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Devendra Fadnavis Quits as CM, Says BJP Will Work as Effective Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly.
Earlier in the day, reports also surfaced that Ajit Pawar who returned to Maha Vikas Agadi is likely to get deputy CM post. Ajit Pawar on Saturday had extended support to the BJP, after which Fadnavis was invited by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to take oath as CM. Pawar also took oath as deputy CM. However, both resigned on Tuesday.